May 18, 2010
Starbucks announced that they will start selling flavored coffee at retail grocery stores under the Natural Fusions banner. The company will be selling cinnamon, caramel and vanilla flavored coffees for $8.99 per 11 ounce bag. Apparently over half of the drinks it sells in its stores are flavored drinks, making the move to a flavored line in grocery the next best thing apparently.
We'll see how this goes. Our expectations are that it will sell better than their Via that they recently launched into grocery with a little bit of fanfare. The need for Via is just so small, and the product underdelivers so badly, I can't imagine that they will be successful. Not only does it look and act differently, but for many who are slurping down bad regular coffee (Starbucks target here) it now requires pre-planing and a habit change. I tried to get rid of my original boxes at work and after one taste, no one wanted it.
May 9, 2010
Nespresso is running a promotion right now through the end of June that will give you a $50 credit on your Nespresso Club account when you buy a machine for $299 or more. That gives you about 90+ capsules of free coffee when you purchase a machine. Not a bad deal. Read up on the details on the voucher below. Also you can see which machines qualify. You should also check out the Nespresso Machines at Amazon to get the most machine for your dollar as many are discounted versus the cost at the Nespresso site.
Download the Voucher at Nespresso
May 4, 2010
So yesterday was an odd day working in Boston - the coffee makers were mostly silent at work. The water main break that happened over the weekend created a boil water advisory for most of metro Boston through the workday Monday.
I saw people toting coffee makers and gallon jugs of water into work early in the day on Monday for the morning ritual. It was a little surreal. Word spread through the office of what store was serving coffee and what store wasn't. The whole morning routine was thrown for a bit as a result. The office makers that are hooked into a water line were DOA for Monday, because they would have been pulling water from the contaminated water lines. Personally, my Nespresso Essenza that I have on my desk at work had "good" water in it from Friday, and performed perfectly in the face of the minor crisis. Clean water, relatively little water used with each brew - it was good for the day.
Today's a different day - back to the routine, water ban lifted and all is well. I am bringing in some Dusao and Livanto capsules to work today for a little variety.